Course code HFX207

HFX207 Introduction to Animal Production and Fish Farming in Developing Countries

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Course responsible: Lars Olav Eik, Lars Olav Eik
Teachers: Tormod Ådnøy
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
A minimum of 8 students required for the course to be held.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Preferential right:
Course contents:
A compendium describing the various production systems, including environmental factors, breeds and breeding, feeds and feeding and management aspects will constitute the basic framework and curriculum for the course. Researchers and postgraduate both within and outside NMBU will elaborate their research experience from different national and international projects. Brief knowledge of research designing, methodology, interpretation/results from various ongoing and successfully completed projects will be delivered. A novel approach of describing the whole research concept will be adapted by linking knowledge of  various research projects with the practical academic writing by the collaboration of NMBU Writing Centre. In addition, students will get an opportunity to interact with researchers of  various disciplines. Students will also have access to lecture handouts and semester assignments from fellow students..
Learning outcome:
The objective of this course is to give students basic knowledge about important production systems for livestock and fish. Breeding, nutrition, veterinary and other management aspects are lectured in theatre presentations by specialists in various fields. In addition to the broader system approach, students will also obtain in-depth knowledge in a limited area of their interest by writing and presenting a semester assignment. In this process, the student will also acquire experience in writing and presenting a scientific paper. After completing the course, students will have a broader understanding of potentials and challenges of animal production and fish farming in the tropics. The students will be introduced to experts in various disciplines at NMBU and partner institutions, and to projects in the South in which they can do research for their Master thesis. In their lectures, specialists from different fields and cultural backgrounds will focus on ethical aspects and increased awareness of other cultures.
Learning activities:
The lectures on different topics with discussions and distribution of lecture notes are crucial for this course and therefore compulsory. The assessment of student skills will be based on the quality of the written semester assignment and its presentation.
Teaching support:
The compendium and lecture handouts and the students' semester assignments will be available on the net copying.
Recommended prerequisites:
Animal science introductory course or equivalent.
Mandatory activity:
Must attend a minimum of 80% of the lectures.
The assessment will be based on the contents of the semester assignment (2/3) and its presentation (1/3). The semester assignment shall be written in English, individually or jointly by two students. Term Paper: During the semester it will be mandatory to submit within deadline: 1) Title and Thesis Statement, 2) First Draft of Abstract and 3) Complete term paper
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Entrance requirements:
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Approximately 70 lectures, as well as semester assignment presentations (15 - 20 minutes for each presentation).
The course is not taught in 2020. 
An external examiner will attend the presentation and evaluate quality of the semester paper.
Examination details: :